Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Crazy College Kids, UNC-Style
While on a teleconference this morning, I was breezing through The Daily Tarheel, and came across the following letter to the editor:

Student disappointed in the conduct of a few fans


I was very upset about the conduct of a few of our fans at the Georgia Tech game. I am not a big basketball person, but I got some tickets and gave it a chance.I was far behind on homework, but I went anyway, and took my books with me. I was heckled by surrounding fans, and some even purposefully screamed so loud that I could not concentrate.I had to leave early so that I could finish my work and still get to bed at a reasonable hour.I am not condemning all Tar Heel fans, I'm just disappointed that a few had to tarnish the reputation of everyone

Andrew Noland

This, of course, is a joke. Right? Some further investigation led me to find that some of the more rabid Carolina fans think that some of their classmates aren't demonstrative enough at games. Given my recollection of my college days and the fact that UNC has one of the best college basketball programs in the country (to my chagrin), I find this hard to believe. But there are many things about today's youth that puzzle me (like what's with guys and those hairstyles where the front goes straight up?). So I think Andrew is poking fun at some of his calmer classmates, which is a bold move for a freshman. It seems obvious to me, but it doesn't seem obvious to other readers, who chime in with their attacks on young Andrew. Some just think he's an "odd kid." I guess the moral of the story is that if you want to indulge in satire (or sarcasm, in the case of a commenter named Laura) at UNC, you need to label it as such.

Good luck, Andrew.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think the perception of this as a joke is heightened by not wanting to consider the implications of it not being a joke.
The mature responses from the other students are comforting as well.